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Philippine President Blocks Pornhub After Embarrassing Statistics


Pornhub and other porn streaming sites have been blocked by major ISPs in the Philippines just days after statistics showed Filipinos were the leading users of the site.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte doesn’t like porn, and he has recently supplemented his political platform with the claim that video streaming porn sites are havens of child pornography. Without any notice on January 14th, major internet service providers in the Philippines were ordered to block access to pornhub.com, xvideos.com, redtube.com, and others. Trying to access those sites resulted in a message that “This website has been ordered blocked under authority of the Philippine government pursuant to Republic Act 9775 or the Anti-Child Pornography Law.” On  January 15th, the Filipino Communications Secretary announced that:

“These porn sites should really be banned because they are being used by pedophiles and other people who subscribe to child pornography sites.”

The ban appears to have been focused on “streaming” websites that represent some of the largest commercial distributors of online pornography, and there has been no proof offered that any of these sites have hosted any child pornography.

On the other hand, these websites have recently embarrassed the notoriously conservative President Duterte. Pornhub posts a variety of statistics every year, and its 2016 numbers revealed that Filipinos like their porn — a lot. The chart was released on January 4, 2016, and shows time spent on Pornhub broken down by country:


The stats have Filipinos spending an average of almost 13 minutes on the website, which is more than any other country by a substantial margin. Duterte’s Communications Secretary also said in his official statement that “we don’t want our youth and even the adults to be addicted to lewd videos shown in the internet,” which comes within a hair’s breadth of admitting outright that this sweeping censorship of the internet is a reaction to Pornhub telling the world how much Filipinos like their smut.

It appears that users of some smaller Filipino ISPs may still be able to access the banned sites but no one knows how long that will last, what future bans may come, or whether the sites currently banned will have any recourse for appeal. This last option seems unlikely, given that the ban was done in secret with no notice or official statements apart from vague and unsupported claims of child pornography.

All of this is only a small part of Duterte’s “ambitious” plans (given that the man endorses the murder of drug addicts), but that a huge section of the internet could disappear from the Philippines overnight is a sobering reminder that uncensored internet access is a rare and dwindling privilege.

Source: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/862592/shutdown-of-websites-part-of-drive-vs-child-porn-palace

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